Deal with dead trees and sawn-off stumps

Country Life Every Week - - A Walking Life -

A dead tree is a job for a pro­fes­sional ar­bori­cul­tur­ist, but an un­der­stand­ing of the task is al­ways help­ful. A small tree can of­ten be re­moved with hand tools, saw­ing the branches off to gain ac­cess and then cut­ting the trunk down to a few feet above the ground so as to form a use­ful lever.

‘Dig round the stump to ex­pose the roots and cut though each one’

Fac­ing page: Timely lawn care pays div­i­dends: as well as au­tumn or spring spik­ing, cut­ting the edges af­ter mow­ing gives a cared-for ap­pear­ance. Above: A rake to scar­ify and a fork for spik­ing are es­sen­tial tools

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